Subhash K Jha speaks about God Tussi Great Ho!


By Subhash K. Jha, Bollywood Hungama News Network

Who but a David Dhawan follower can turn Tom Shadyac's Bruce Almighty into 'Bruise The Almighty'. This unintentional subverted farce insults God and human beings alike. It pretends to say something deep and indelible. It ends up being as profound as a bowl of soggy noodles staring at you for edible nirvana.

Arguably one of the most botched-up comedies in recent times, God Tussi Great Ho takes us into territory that the Khan brothers, Salman and Sohail, have been together in David Dhawan's Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya. The cartoon-like cat-and-mouse game between Salman and Sohail to get the perky pretty Priyanka's attentions is completely devoid of zing despite the familiar ring, though admittedly Sohail who's rapidly emerged as one of our most delightful comic actors (see him in Salaam-e-Ishq, Main PyarKyun Kiya and now this and watch him give bade bhai a run for his money) takes the lead.

The inhouse channel- war between the two Khans is reminiscent of Shah Rukh-Juhi's comic competitiveness in Aziz Mirza's hugely underrated Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. In fact, Sohail is wickedly inventive in a plot that pulls the characters down with each creaking push of the writer's pathetic pen. Who wrote this garbage? You wonder. And why must Mr. Bachchan be subjected to this sort of tripe trip at this juncture of his career?

After Rishi Kapoor in Kunal Kohli's vastly-superior other-wordly satire Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, it's Mr Bachchan's turn to play God on a set that has a cascading waterfall, cotton-candy clouds and Salman suitably dressed in a formal suit.

What's missing is the fizz in this askew cocktail. As a writer, Rumi Jafrey is on shockingly shaky grounds. Just like Salman's Volkswagon which changes colours from drab pink to bright red in the second-half when Salman gets godly powers from the 'real' God.

Never mind. Because Priyanka's nose- ring changes from left nostril to right. That's about all that the narrative gets right in the trite second-half. The post-interval half is so crummy and scattered you wonder what happened to the director. Was he was on leave while God ghost-directed the second-half? Appalling in structure and abysmal in content God Tussi Great Ho is somewhat bearable for Sohail's comic aptitudes.

And yes, Priyanka is easy on the eyes. Watch her in the soap ad on television rather than being part of a film where the characters are nothing more than a prop for the pale parody where all the colours come from the hyper-excited art director who was probably told to pull out all stops. Wish our directors would know where to stop before comedy becomes a travesty.